I do explain to my female clients in our pre-shoot consultation that it is important for them to look natural, and not too done up, so if they elect to do their own make-up I always suggest to them to start lighter, so that they can add later if needed. As we go through the shoot showing the images to you and if you want to put on more makeup you can, just I caution- DO NOT OVERDO IT! Your stage base with everyday mascara, shadow, blush and lips should do it. Avoid using:
⦁ a base or powder with any UV/SPF protection or titanium dioxide as this reflects light and causes highlights on your face,
⦁ also avoid shiny lip-gloss, as the reflected light can be distracting,
⦁ no heavy eyeliner, especially under the eyes, as it can age you on camera and looks a bit dated in photographs. This is a big one, as it’s fairly common.
⦁ no crazy colours like purple, green, or whatever, especially in the eye shadow.
We do not want those eyes to get too dark, no heavy eye shadow at the start, for darker moodier images you can apply more later on during the shoot.
Look for a good “photo-ready” base and powder!
I would recommend if you decide NOT to use a makeup artist then go to Cosmetics or another store and ask a makeup artist there what they recommend for photography (flash and natural light), and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.